Deception by Omission - How the Left Works
June 9, 2002
by Bruce Walker
Anyone who lives in the affluent modern technological democracies is flooded with information. Scientific research doubles the amount of knowledge available to mankind every couple of years. Most of us are also generating the information of opinion and perspective - this article, for example - on a regular basis. If market principles of competition which improve the quality of consumer products worked as well in the area of general knowledge, then people would become increasingly well informed about our world.
Conservatives know this is not the trend. The statistical refinement that Adam Smiths invisible hand predicted for the various types of human markets is not working quite right in the area of general knowledge. Why? Entrenched liberals in taxpayer supported institutions, in government regulated industries, or in government agencies dependent upon unsolvable "social problems" have systematically kept the people misinformed.
The left seldom relies upon outright lies to maintain its grip on public consciousness. This is not because the left believes lying is wrong: few leftists believe in "objective truth." It was, after all, radical leftists like Hitler and Goebbels who proclaimed "The Big Lie," Bolsheviks like Lenin who embraced any tactic (including lying) to advance Marxism, and Bill Clinton who looked into the television camera - and the American people in the eye - and denied his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
Because the left is an irrational metaphysical system based upon faith in various pagan gods and goddess - Dialectical Materialism, Gaea, Racial Determinism and so forth - the "truth" is always known before observation, discussion, or thought, and so leftists greet blatant lies with big yawns.
What the left does instead of lying is to drowns data, opinion, and analysis which are inconsistent with leftist metaphysics in an ocean of other pointless words and dulling images. Do you wonder why so much gibberish and irrelevancies dominate popular culture? This is how the left keeps serious people constantly diverted in endless mazes.
Do you want to know if your school system, library, university, or cable provider is hopelessly captured by the left? Ignore what you can easily find and focus instead on what it is very difficult (if not impossible) to find without much labor and a solid background.
Try to find, for example, what the Republican Party did and said about the debasement of black Americans in the five decades after the Civil War. Consider this statement by Senator Benjamin Harrison, who would be nominated and elected by Republicans to the Presidency two years later:
Consider what Republican James Garfield Union commander and future Republican president during the Civil War:
The Republican Party waged a relentless campaign on behalf of black Americans after the Civil War, and Republicans welcomed blacks as members of the Republican Party. The last black Congressman before the Twentieth Century, was George H. White, who represented North Carolina from 1896 to 1900 and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention.
The record of the Republican Party on civil rights, including the social and economic equality of blacks, was clear and unambiguous, but just try to find this information in documentaries, public education, or government sponsored "awareness" campaigns on black rights. The left does not deny any of these facts - it simply ignores them because they are inconvenient.
What replaces this historical accuracy about the clear positions of Republicans and Democrats on slavery, civil rights, and enfranchisement of black Americans? The ubiquitous leftist "We" which speaks of how "We Americans" kept blacks oppressed and how "We Americans" passed Jim Crow laws and publically lynched blacks. Well, of course, "We" did not - Democrats did.
Try to find out about the real history of political corruption in America. Liberals inundate us with stories of bribery, scandals, and buying votes. The deliberate impression is that "everyone does it" which is also the rationale for campaign finance "reform." Historical references deliberately omit the obvious: Democrats have been mired up to their necks in corruption and gangsterism, and Republicans have not.
Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall. The Pendergass Machine of Kansas City. Talmadge in Georgia, Crump in Tennessee, Long in Louisiana, Kennedy and Curly in Boston, Daley in Chicago, Hague in New Jersey ... all these and many more smaller machines were wholly Democrat.
Terrorism? Whether it was the terrorism of the Ku Klux Krats who owned the Democrat Partys soul for a century or the radical anti-American terrorists pardoned by Bill Clinton as a parting shot at the American Republic, all were Democrats.
How can those of us who think for ourselves combat the flood of useless information which obscures the actual history of human affairs? My advice is that when you find a book or documentary which is acclaimed by officialdom, seek out critical facts like the New Deal, the role of the federal judiciary, the attitudes of the two political parties towards black Americans in the Nineteenth Century, or the role of Soviet influence upon America in the post-war years.
If you find only the conventional opinion, but pretending through fancy words and presumed understanding parading as profound truth, then this is bland pablum: baby food for those the left believes need no greater nourishment than infants require. If you find challenging thoughts and new facts, whether it supports your version of conservatism (which is, after all, simply thinking for oneself) then you have stumbled upon something worth your time.
The nanny-land of the left leaves such grown-up information only by accident, but then leftists - however bright they might have once been - long since stopped really thinking. If the process seems depressing, because there is so little real treasure and so much fools gold out there, then take heart.
One Copernicus, one Kepler, one Galileo is worth all the medieval conventionalists put together. You have chosen to be a human being and not a sheep. Take heart and rejoice, because you are alive and the left is sleep-walking. You are a conscious soul, and their have chosen to be soulless shadows.
Blaise Pascal, the great French scientist and philosopher, who died relatively young, noted this is his famous Pensees, which merit full expression here:
Pascal was a devout Christian during the Enlightenment, a period when agnosticism was fashionable in Europe and particularly in France. By reason and by faith, Blaise Pascal determined that God had given us a mind, and intended that we use it. Truth, and the various instruments needed to seek truth - like knowledge and study - mattered because a creature made with the same capacity of awareness that his Creator possessed had that capacity for a purpose. Manifestly, that purpose is moral.
The left does not believe that man is anything special at all, certainly not a "thinking reed" and certainly not capable of choosing right and wrong. We conservatives, serious people, understand that leaving out critical facts causes truth to shrivel and knowledge to evaporate. Liberals do not care what happens to truth, to knowledge, or to morality. To them, we are all simply pets in some strange zoo. Telling half-truths is no sin, because truth itself is a phantom. That is how the left works.
Bruce Walker has been a dyed in the wool conservative since, as a sixth grader, he campaigned door to door for Barry Goldwater. Bruce has had almost two hundred published articles have appeared in the Oklahoma Bar Journal, Law & Order, Legal Secretary Today, The Single Parent, Enter Stage Right, Citizen's View, The American Partisan, Port of Call, and several other professional and political periodicals.
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